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26/07 - 04/08/2019

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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2019 Festival Program

Shows - Friday, July 26th

19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Opening Night Concert - Creations

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And we’re off! Our Artistic Director has made no secret of her love for the music of Fauré and Fitkin. Their music couldn't be more different, but then diversity is what AFCM is all about. Let us introduce you to 23 Festival musicians performing music from France, China and the UK. Our 2019 Festival Opening night is sure to be special!

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Shows - Saturday, July 27th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 1 with Kathryn Stott

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Kathryn chats with Martin Kuuskmann, Johannes Moser, Elizabeth Layton and Wu Man before we hear some of them perform. A wonderfully entertaining morning.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Czech it Out!

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This delightful one hour concert features many of our visiting artists, with music by Dvořák and Janáček included.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Governor's Gala - Traces and Transformations

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One aspect of ‘Origins’ is the exploration of music transformed. From Chinese folk music, to Schoenberg’s truly exquisite ‘Verklärte Nacht', this program not only introduces our Festival composer-in-residence, but pays homage to the vivid worlds of song, tone poem and an instrument Mozart enjoyed taking to new heights.

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Shows - Sunday, July 28th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Cleveland Bay Concert

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This wonderful Sunday concert takes you on a three-part musical journey, and includes a wonderful brunch from 10.00am on the verandah overlooking Cleveland Bay. Concert commences at 11.00am.

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15:00 - Queens Gardens

Queens Gardens Concert

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This free concert in the park offers a variety of entertainment for all ages. Pack your picnic and a rug and head down to Queens Gardens for an enjoyable afternoon of music. No booking needed.

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19:30 - St James' Cathedral, Townsville

Evening Safari

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The first of our two concerts in the atmospheric St James' Cathedral, this one hour concert includes music by the Festival's Composer-in-residence Connor D'Netto performed by the Australian String Quartet.

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21:30 - St James' Cathedral, Townsville

The Final Hour

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British author Tori de Clare is well known for her gripping mysteries and pyschological thrillers. Commissioned by AFCM, Tori has written a dramatic story in four parts, to be performed by many of the Festival's visiting musicians and local Townsville actor Judy Higgins-Olsen.

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Shows - Monday, July 29th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 2 with Kathryn Stott

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Kathryn chats with Timothy Young, David Griffiths, Timothy Constable, Svetlana Bogosavljevic and Ben Jacks before we hear some of the musicians perform. A wonderful way to spend the morning!

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14:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Advanced Masterclass 1

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An AFCM artist coaches emerging professionals in an hour-long public masterclass. Come along to this free event - you might even learn something yourself!

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - A Tale of Two Cities: Brisbane/Boston

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An entertaining one hour concert that will present the world premiere of Brisbane composer Connor D'Netto's String Quartet, to be performed by the Goldner String Quartet.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - A Tale of Two Cities: Moscow/Paris

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This evening concert hosted by Christopher Lawrence and titled so as it includes Russian and French music, including the big Rachmaninoff Piano Trio.

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Shows - Tuesday, July 30th

12:00 - Peppers Blue on Blue (Magnetic Island)

Magnetic Island Discs

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It's the official day off so why not head across to Magnetic Island for lunch with Artistic Director, Kathryn Stott? Enjoy a two-course lunch and hear Kathryn share stories about her favourite pieces of music, why they’re special to her and how they’ve influenced her musical career. She will also play those pieces on CD for everyone!

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13:00 - Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island Concert

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A spectacular day combining sun, sea and fine music. Travel by ferry to the uninhabited end of Orpheus Island, enjoy some time relaxing, exploring or swimming before settling down on the beach for a 60-minute concert performed by Festival musicians. Wu Man (pipa), Rachael Clegg (oboe), Roberto Carillo-Garcia (double bass), Sally Walker (flute) and Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon)

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Shows - Wednesday, July 31st

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 3 with Kathryn Stott

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Kathryn chats with Timo-Veikko Valve, Lotte Betts-Dean , Aura Go, Ruth Wall and the Australian String Quartet. You will also hear many of them perform in the 45 minute concert that follows. A very entertaining morning.

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14:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Advanced Masterclass 2

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One of our visiting Festival musicians coaches emerging professionals in an hour-long public masterclass. Come along to this free event to watch how the masters do it.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - New Connections

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This entertaining one hour concert mixes old and new music including the world premiere of Jessica Wells New commission for saxophone and string quartet.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Ghostly Shadows

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This evening concert hosted by Christopher Lawrence shines the light on some beautiful instruments including the harp played by Ruth Wall and the Chinese pipa played by Wu Man.

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Shows - Thursday, August 1st

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 4 with Kathryn Stott

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Kathryn chats with Jennifer Stumm, Connor D’Netto, Charles Owen, Yura Lee and Christopher Moore before we hear some of them perform in concert. Hugely entertaining!

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14:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Advanced Masterclass 3

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One of our visiting Festival musicians coaches emerging professionals in an hour-long public masterclass. Come along to this free event - you might even learn something yourself!

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Baroque Around the Clock

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As the name suggests, this entertaining one hour concert presents Baroque music at it's finest, some spanning 400 years!

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Bellissimo Baroque

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Italy has given us a whole world of treasures including vibrant and beautiful music from the Baroque era. Our Artistic Director thought it was time we let Vivaldi and friends loose in Townsville!

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Shows - Friday, August 2nd

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 5 with Kathryn Stott

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Kathryn chats with Rachael Clegg, Roberto Carrillo-Garcia, Sally Walker, Neal Peres da Costa and Liza Ferschtman before we hear them perform in concert. A wonderful way to spend the morning.

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13:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Advanced Winterschool Concert

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Don't miss this wonderful concert showcasing the talents of the groups in the 2019 Advanced Winterschool.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Klezmer Connections

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This entertaining one hour concert features another of the big piano trios showcased at this year's Festival - Shostakovich's Piano Trio No.2.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Homelands

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Hosted by Christopher Lawrence, tonight's concert is stunning and includes the world premiere of Xiaogang’s Gardenia, a movement for 11 mixed instruments including the pipa, clarinet, percussion, piano, French horn, oboe, violins and double bass – an exciting AFCM moment in musical history!

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Shows - Saturday, August 3rd

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 6 with Kathryn Stott

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Kathryn chats with Goldner String Quartet, Amy Dickson, Connor D’Netto, Pavel Fischer and Arcadia Wind Quintet before we hear some of them perform in concert. This is a wonderfully entertaining morning.

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13:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Families' Concert

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The stories of Babar the Little Elephant and The Firebird. Join us for some interactive musical storytelling as two of our wonderfully talented pianists combine forces with local storytellers, dancers & animators to bring to life the magical stories of ‘Babar the Little elephant’ and ‘The Firebird’

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Festival Farewell Concert - Full Circle

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This is the moment we close the circle and bring everyone together for the last time. We opened the Festival with music by Coates and now his beautiful Sleepy Lagoon will let us gently drift off until 2020. Before that, you’ll hear some fabulous, rarely heard gems, but do get ready for a musical surprise! We have one last transformation in store and our Artistic Director can’t wait!

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Shows - Sunday, August 4th

14:45 - Peppers Blue on Blue (Magnetic Island)

Magnetic Island After Party

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Soak up the sunshine on the seaside deck at Peppers Blue on Blue on Magnetic Island, enjoy a drink or two and mix with other guests while listening to some beautiful music by Festival artists. Your ticket includes return ferry travel to Magnetic Island so head over early and explore this truly stunning island.

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